Recent days have brought us news stories of classified documents in Joe Biden’s garage and elsewhere, and it got me thinking a bit about what we mean by “classified” information. The concept is a very recent one, in historical terms. Of course governments, and rulers, have always…
The gothic novel first appeared in Britain in the eighteenth century, and was quickly adapted into an American literary genre. The earliest American…
[This piece contains spoilers, both of classic literature and a recent film] I just finished reading Madam Bovary. I’d never read it before, and it’s…
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No, I’m not going to write about the self-reinvention many people try every January 1. (This year I will lose weight/quit smoking/get more…
First, thank you for reading and subscribing. Every week I get a few more people signing up and I appreciate you. I’m not a big one for Auld Lang Syne…
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…and thank you for subscribing. Today I’m going to tell you a story from Christmas over 120 years ago. That was the birth of Humphrey Bogart. He entered…
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Hello again readers: I know some of you are braving extreme cold, and others getting soaked, so I hope you are staying warm indoors. I’ve been watching…
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The recent collapse of FTX got me thinking about the ways that crypto is similar (and dissimilar) to classic get-rich-quick schemes. There’s the…
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